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The Flyers are going to need a better backup goaltender than Michael Leighton if they want to win enough games to earn the best possible seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Sergei Bobrovsky was the backup last year, and even started in the Winter Classic, but he's now with the Columbus Blue Jackets after being dealt in a draft-day trade in June.
The current goaltending tandem of starter Ilya Bryzgalov and Leighton isn't good enough for the Flyers to win the Stanley Cup. Leighton hasn't played in the NHL since the 2010-11 season, and played in 56 games for the Adirondack Phantoms of the AHL last year.
Holmgren has to upgrade the depth and overall talent at the goaltending position for the Flyers to avoid being ranked in the bottom third of the NHL in GAA this season. Philadelphia ranked 20th in GAA last year.
If Byrzgalov struggles, the Flyers should consider trading for Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas if he's willing to come back to hockey. Thomas' history of playoff success is exactly what the Flyers need, and he would be a major upgrade over Bryzgalov and Leighton.
The Bruins would probably prefer not to trade Thomas to another Eastern Conference contender, but if they don't have many options, trading him to the Flyers would be better than not dealing him at all and wasting valuable salary cap room.